Griffin Works offers Pawsitive Interactions with Service Dogs During Response Operations©, an audience-customized training that breaks down barriers by offering hands-on handling training and demonstrations with working service dogs for fire departments, EMS agencies, and public safety organizations.

Part of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium and home to the National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center, TEEX has been leading homeland security training since 1998. The major TEEX programs include fire and rescue, infrastructure and safety, law enforcement, economic and workforce development, and homeland security. As a member of The Texas A&M University System, TEEX is unique in its ability to access a broad range of emerging research and technical expertise. Beginning with course design and development all the way through hands-on instruction and national certification testing, TEEX delivers comprehensive training through both classroom and hands-on instruction and as online courses.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of child-serving professionals, caregivers and young adults, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S. The NCTSN is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and coordinated by the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS). 

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The EMI provides national leadership in developing and delivering training to ensure that individuals and groups having key emergency management responsibilities possess the requisite skills to effectively perform their jobs.

The High Alert Institute maintains a list of reviewed courses provided by governments, universities and professional organizations. This list is geared towards the non-emergency management person who participates in disaster planning, preparedness, response, recovery or mitigation as part of their job responsibilities.

The High Alert Institute has partnered with Shutterstock to distribute stock images from the nature images donated by our supporters. For eligible stock images, Shutterstock will donate a portion of the royalty to the High Alert Institute. There is no cost to charitable organizations or to Shutterstock customers.

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Koi need forever homes, too! For pond enthusiasts, freshwater exotic and ornamental fish may not be available through pet stores or rescues in their area. The High Alert Institute Aquatic Pet Shelter Rehoming Program will be happy to assist you in stocking your new pond or adding a new finned friend to your school. Coming soon – when you adopt a Koi from the High Alert Institute Aquatic Pet Shelter Rehoming Program, we can arrange for delivery to your door anywhere in the continental United States.

Have you always wanted a Koi pond but don’t have the space one? Sponsor a Koi in our community shelter pond and we send you photos of your sponsored animal. Coming soon are live Koi Cameras above and below the water to enjoy your sponsored Koi anytime.

Dumping of freshwater non-native species and exotic aquatic pets into wild habitats is a man-made disaster that is truly preventable. The Institute’s Aquatic Pet Welfare Partnership works to raise awareness and reduce the impact on healthy ecosystems through education, as well as rescue and rehoming. Joined by champions of animal welfare and environmental stewardship, this  association of aquatic pet rescue operations and aquatic pet shelters across the United States aims to save our finned friends and preserve our waterways together.

Want to share our cause with family, friends, and colleagues? Looking for a non-traditional way to celebrate a birthday or honor someone special? Support the Institute by starting your own Peer-to-Peer fundraising challenge! Let your contacts know why our mission is important to you and what they can do to support your cause. START YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER for the High Alert Institute.

From the staffing pool to the shelter ponds, from the boardroom to the classroom, and from reading the science to writing the analyses, High Alert Institute programs and services benefit from the experience, expertise, and generosity of our volunteers. Put your talents to use for good and to good use – VOLUNTEER TODAY.

Make your donation twice as nice by rehoming aquatic pets and providing a rehabilitation companion pet to a deserving person, family, or facility. Sponsor part or all of a Joy of Koi Program pond installation – complete with rehomed koi – and give the gifts of love and recovery.

Professional photographers, amateurs, and legal copywrite holders are all welcome to participate in the High Alert Institute Nature Photo Donation Program. Sales of the images benefit the Institute and donors are eligible for tax deductions equivalent to the fair market value of their photos. Landscapes, seascapes, animals, flowers – all may be accepted – whether new or vintage  images. People may be included in the photo but only if unidentifiable (i.e., blurred figures at a distance).

Did you know that unused patents and copyrights can be donated to charity? Intellectual Property (IP) just sitting on a shelf will lose value as it becomes obsolete. The High Alert Institute IP Donation Program seeks to rescue stranded, technology-related IP with the potential for development into marketable products. Once accepted by the program, the owner/inventor is eligible for a tax deduction equivalent to the fair market value of the IP. The Institute receives the patent licensing fees or revenue from the sale of the IP to businesses, helping us to fund our mission. In turn, businesses are able to advance their markets and create jobs for less money than starting a project from scratch.

Disasters are defined as situations in which needs exceed or overwhelm available resources. Some disasters affect an entire community, while other disasters impact individuals and families. Crises of physical or psychological health can be very personal disasters.
The therapeutic value of pets during illness, trauma, and recovery is well established. And Koi fish may be well suited for people who are not able to provide verbal pet commands or physically care for pets like dogs and cats. Koi ponds are also a source of beauty and peace, providing an ideal setting for quiet reflection or meditation.
We are working to partner with pond installers and aquatic pet rescues/shelters to offer free or reduced-cost ponds with rehomed Koi fish to people seeking this type of pet therapy.

Disasters disrupt life and impact our sense of personal, family, and community safety. Survivors and responders alike often are not aware of the emotional, psychological or spiritual challenges that they may face from disaster onset through recovery. With two decades of experience training responders and communities to prepare for the behavioral health aspects of disasters, we will continue to provide education and a curated list of resources to groups or individuals.

Non-medical factors that impact overall health are termed Social Determinants of Health or SDoH. Noise pollution, poor air quality, and poor water quality are three environmental factors known to have a strong link to overall health. And the same environmental factors that impact humans impact their pets and other animals in their care. We continue to assist in advocacy, education, and technology development to mitigate the impact of SDoH on humans and animals alike.

Our efforts in shelter and rescue are the main focus of our environmental stewardship, reducing the environmental impact of non-native aquatic animals being dumped into public waterways. The High Alert Institute also assists innovators with the design, development, and evaluation of green and renewable energy technologies. Reducing the carbon footprint associated with disaster preparedness, response, and recovery furthers our continued mission to mitigate risk and improve resilience.

We partner with public and private organizations, sharing resources and fostering partnerships to improve disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, and mitigation.

The High Alert Institute team has over a century of combined research experience in medical, nursing, behavioral health, and disaster sciences. Our team provides support to researchers and technology developers through comprehensive literature searches and reviews, as well as failure mode database searches and adjudicated reviews.

When disaster strikes, most aquatic pet owners have limited options to secure the safety of their pets. Sheltering in place may not be possible if there is no power to provide aeration and “pet-friendly” shelters do not include ponds or aquariums. Our goal is to provide an option for aquatic pet owners in need of rescue and shelter for their finned friends.

Our goal is to share our two decades of disaster readiness experience with animal welfare organizations, shelters, caretakers, and pet owners, as they implement contingency  plans for natural and manmade disasters.

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The High Alert Institute authors its own evidence-based scientific articles, expert whitepapers, study protocols, and position papers. In addition, the Institute curates a library to link our members to resources written by government agencies, professional associations, private sector organizations, and individual experts.

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20th Anniversary Report for the High Alert InstituteadminHAICorpDocs, HAIJuly 31, 2022

20th Anniversary Report for the High Alert Institute

AAPS-ABPS Press Release_Final 28Apr2020adminHAIHAIJuly 31, 2022

AAPS-ABPS Press Release_Final 28Apr2020

Essential Workers Bill of Rights Final – HAI & RWS_Family 28April2020adminHAIHAIJuly 31, 2022

Essential Workers Bill of Rights Final – HAI & RWS_Family 28April2020

HAI Position Statement Press Release_Final 28Apr2020adminHAIHAIJuly 31, 2022

HAI Position Statement Press Release_Final 28Apr2020

Hospital Report Revised 03Apr07 – Distribution VersionadminHAIHAIJuly 31, 2022

Hospital Report Revised 03Apr07 – Distribution Version

Mitigating Economic Disaster-10Dec09-1adminHAIHAIJuly 31, 2022

Mitigating Economic Disaster-10Dec09-1

MOUSE: Memorandum of Understanding for Synergistic EffortWPMU Dev SupportHAIHAIAugust 29, 2022

MOUSE – The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) is for the High Alert Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and the Partner4Good that wish to work together on a project (the “Project4Good”) as described in the Project4Good Plan.

MOUSER: Memorandum of Understanding for Sheltering Exotic RescuesWPMU Dev SupportHAIHAIAugust 29, 2022

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Resources Used by the Institute’s Experts

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ASAPbio Preprint Libraryadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

A Vetted list of reputable pre-print servers to access articles BEFORE peer review across a spectrum of scientific disciplines

Google Scholaradmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

Google’s scientific publication search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and discipline

IEEE Libraryadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

IEEE Xplore digital library is a research database for discovery and access to journal articles, conference proceedings, technical standards, and related materials on computer science, electrical engineering and electronics, and allied fields.

Jurnadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

A free online search tool for the finding and downloading of free full-text scholarly works.

Lexis Nexisadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

Data analytics products and various databases that are accessed through online portals, including portals for computer-assisted legal research, newspaper search, and consumer information.

MEDLINEadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

A bibliographic database of life sciences and biomedical information. It includes bibliographic information for articles from academic journals covering medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and health care.

National Agricultural Libraryadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

A service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, you can find global information for agriculture in the National Agricultural Library.

OAIsteradmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

An online combined bibliographic catalog of open access material aggregated using OAI-PMH.

PubMedadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

PubMed is a free search engine accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics.

Science Libraryadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

American search engine on 2200+ scientific sites. More than 200 million articles are indexed.

ScienceDirectadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

A website which provides access to a large bibliographic database of scientific and medical publications of the Dutch publisher Elsevier. It hosts over 18 million pieces of content from more than 4,000 academic journals and 30,000 e-books of this publisher.

Scirusadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

For scientific information only, Scirus is a comprehensive research tool with more than 460 million scientific items including journal content, courseware, patents, educational websites, and more

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Elsevier’s abstract and citation database launched in 2004. Scopus covers nearly 36,377 titles from approximately 11,678 publishers, of which 34,346 are peer-reviewed journals in top-level subject fields: life sciences, social sciences, physical sciences and health sciences.

Semantic Scholaradmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

An artificial-intelligence backed search engine for academic publications developed at the Allen Institute for AI

SIRISadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

Access to the considerable resources of the Smithsonian Institution through the Research Information System, a great way to search more than 7.4 million records from the Smithsonian’s museums, archives, and libraries.

Springer Libraryadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

Access to more than 10 million scientific documents: books, articles, and research protocols from publisher Springer.

Web of Scienceadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

A paid-access platform that provides access to multiple databases that provide reference and citation data from academic journals, conference proceedings, and other documents in various academic disciplines.

WolframAlphaadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

A computational knowledge engine and answer engine developed by Wolfram Research. It answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from externally sourced data.

World Catalogadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

A search for the contents of 20 thousand worldwide libraries. Find out where lies the nearest rare book you need.

WorldWideScienceadmin"Scientific"ScientificAugust 24, 2022

A global science search engine designed to accelerate scientific discovery and progress by accelerating the sharing of scientific knowledge.

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Resources for Agricultural Animal Professionals

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Caring for Livestock After Disaster (Colorado State University)adminAgriculturalAgriculturalJuly 29, 2022

Booklet to help with disaster recovery for livestock and livestock producers from CSU.

Caring for Livestock Before Disaster (Colorado State University)adminAgriculturalAgriculturalJuly 29, 2022

Booklet to help make disaster preparations for livestock and livestock producers from CSU.

Caring for Livestock During Disaster (Colorado State University)adminAgriculturalAgriculturalJuly 29, 2022

Booklet to help plan disaster response for livestock and livestock producers from CSU.

DANR Guide to Disaster Preparedness (UC Davis ? Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources)adminAgriculturalAgriculturalJuly 29, 2022

Booklet to help make disaster preparations for the agricultural industry from UC Davis.

Disaster Readiness for Beef Producers (Louisiana State University)adminAgriculturalAgriculturalJuly 29, 2022

Booklet to help make disaster preparations for Cattle and Buffalo producers from LSU.

Disaster Readiness for Dairy Producers (Louisiana State University)adminAgriculturalAgriculturalJuly 29, 2022

Booklet to help make disaster preparations for Dairy producers of all types from LSU.

Disaster Readiness for Goat and Sheep Producers (Louisiana State University)adminAgriculturalAgriculturalJuly 29, 2022

Booklet to help make disaster preparations for Goat and Sheep producers from LSU.

Disaster Readiness for Horse Owners (Louisiana State University)adminAgriculturalAgriculturalJuly 29, 2022

Booklet to help make disaster preparations for Horse Owners and Equine Facilities from LSU.

Livestock Emergency Preparedness Plan (Iowa State University)adminAgriculturalAgriculturalJuly 29, 2022

Booklet to help make disaster preparations for Livestock producers from ISU.

Resources for Animal Welfare and Animal Healthcare Professionals

TitleAuthorCategoriesTagsDoc AuthorsDateDownloadsSummary
Animal Evacuation and Transportation (NASAAEP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

The document contains guidance for the transportation and evacuation of pet birds, reptiles, pocket pets, poultry, and oiled wildlife.

Animal Evacuation and Transportation Best Practices (NASAAEP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

The document contains guidance for the transportation and evacuation of pet birds, reptiles, pocket pets, poultry, and oiled wildlife.

AVMA Emergency Preparedness and Response (American Veterinary Medical Association)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

The AVMA Emergency Management Program comprehensive preparedness guide for animal healthcare professionals and facilities to encourage and foster veterinary leadership and guidance in local, state, and federal efforts within the United States in preparation for disasters and emergencies involving animals, animal health, public health, and other veterinary issues.

Disaster Veterinary Care: Best Practices (NASAAEP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

The purpose of the NASAAEP Disaster Veterinary Medical Care Best Practice Working Group is to provide guidance to veterinarians and veterinary professionals regarding the immediate veterinary medical care of animals affected by a disaster.? During such an event, veterinary disaster responders may also be tasked with providing information on preventive medicine, public health, zoonotic disease control and ongoing emergency care while animals continue to be impacted by the disaster.? As in any disaster, a plan that mobilizes local resources and expertise as quickly as possible can save the lives of people and animals.

Emergency Animal Decontamination Best Practices (NASAAEP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

This document provides an overview of the challenges, options, and resources involved in the development and implementation of emergency contamination plans for various animals.

Emergency Animal Sheltering Best Practices (NASAAEP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

Animal professionals and animal protection advocates have an important role to play in the disaster preparedness and response activities in their communities regarding animals. Working under the direction of emergency management officials as part of an integrated system, they may be asked to prepare their communities for, or respond to, disasters that affect animals. Part of the task may be to plan for, and operate, an emergency animal shelter.

Planning and Resource Management Best Practices (NASAAEP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

This document provides a ?roadmap? to assist those responsible for animal emergency management in their jurisdictions to locate and identify essential information and provide links to additional references.

USDA Blue BookadminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

APHIS has published the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Animal Welfare Regulations, known as the “Blue Book,” as a tool to improve compliance among our licensees and registrants and to enhance the consistency of inspections by our field inspectors. The Blue Book consolidates into one source the AWA and the applicable regulations and standards.

Zoo & Aquarium Safety: Example Practices (AZA / ZAHP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

This regularly updated guide from the AZA Safety Committee features new insights and innovations for modern zoo and aquarium safety practices, as well as new legal and regulatory requirements?

Expert Resources for Pet Owners and Families

TitleAuthorCategoriesTagsDoc AuthorsDateDownloadsSummary
Animal Evacuation and Transportation (NASAAEP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

The document contains guidance for the transportation and evacuation of pet birds, reptiles, pocket pets, poultry, and oiled wildlife.

Animal Evacuation and Transportation Best Practices (NASAAEP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

The document contains guidance for the transportation and evacuation of pet birds, reptiles, pocket pets, poultry, and oiled wildlife.

AVMA Emergency Preparedness and Response (American Veterinary Medical Association)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

The AVMA Emergency Management Program comprehensive preparedness guide for animal healthcare professionals and facilities to encourage and foster veterinary leadership and guidance in local, state, and federal efforts within the United States in preparation for disasters and emergencies involving animals, animal health, public health, and other veterinary issues.

Disaster Veterinary Care: Best Practices (NASAAEP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

The purpose of the NASAAEP Disaster Veterinary Medical Care Best Practice Working Group is to provide guidance to veterinarians and veterinary professionals regarding the immediate veterinary medical care of animals affected by a disaster.? During such an event, veterinary disaster responders may also be tasked with providing information on preventive medicine, public health, zoonotic disease control and ongoing emergency care while animals continue to be impacted by the disaster.? As in any disaster, a plan that mobilizes local resources and expertise as quickly as possible can save the lives of people and animals.

Emergency Animal Decontamination Best Practices (NASAAEP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

This document provides an overview of the challenges, options, and resources involved in the development and implementation of emergency contamination plans for various animals.

Emergency Animal Sheltering Best Practices (NASAAEP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

Animal professionals and animal protection advocates have an important role to play in the disaster preparedness and response activities in their communities regarding animals. Working under the direction of emergency management officials as part of an integrated system, they may be asked to prepare their communities for, or respond to, disasters that affect animals. Part of the task may be to plan for, and operate, an emergency animal shelter.

Planning and Resource Management Best Practices (NASAAEP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

This document provides a ?roadmap? to assist those responsible for animal emergency management in their jurisdictions to locate and identify essential information and provide links to additional references.

USDA Blue BookadminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

APHIS has published the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and Animal Welfare Regulations, known as the “Blue Book,” as a tool to improve compliance among our licensees and registrants and to enhance the consistency of inspections by our field inspectors. The Blue Book consolidates into one source the AWA and the applicable regulations and standards.

Zoo & Aquarium Safety: Example Practices (AZA / ZAHP)adminAnimalWelfareAnimalWelfareJuly 29, 2022

This regularly updated guide from the AZA Safety Committee features new insights and innovations for modern zoo and aquarium safety practices, as well as new legal and regulatory requirements?

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